drugs http://kvpr.org en Federal and Local Law Enforcement Break Central Valley Mail Theft Rings http://kvpr.org/post/federal-and-local-law-enforcement-break-central-valley-mail-theft-rings <p>Federal and local law enforcement officials have announced arrests and prosecutions in a flurry of mail theft cases. &nbsp;As Max Pringle reports, Sacramento, Bakersfield and Fresno were the focus of months of investigations.</p><p>Last year, U.S. Postal Service inspectors from around the country came to the Central Valley to help local police investigate an upswing in mail theft. Greg Campbell with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says mail theft and drug abuse usually go hand-in-hand.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:00:46 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 27214 at http://kvpr.org Federal and Local Law Enforcement Break Central Valley Mail Theft Rings Bill Proposes "Zero Tolerance" Policy for Drugged Driving http://kvpr.org/post/bill-proposes-zero-tolerance-policy-drugged-driving <p></p><p class="p1">A California lawmaker wants to create a “zero tolerance” law for driving under the influence of drugs.</p><p class="p1">Democratic State Senator Lou Correa says his bill would expand the current law against drunk driving to cover drug use as well.&nbsp;</p><p class="p4">“It took us decades to pound into people that you should not drink and drive.&nbsp; Then, we started talking about texting and talking on the phone and driving.&nbsp; And today, this is about being drugged and driving.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:46:53 +0000 Ben Adler 11022 at http://kvpr.org Bill Proposes "Zero Tolerance" Policy for Drugged Driving Valley fever vaccine stalls after early promise http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-vaccine-stalls-after-early-promise <p></p><p>Just eight years ago, a vaccine to stop valley fever seemed within reach.</p><p>Ambitious scientists at five universities had brought in millions of dollars since 1997 from private donations and government funding to develop a way to beat the fungus before it ever had a chance to lodge in a person’s lungs and wreak havoc on his or her organs.</p><p>In 2004, they announced they had selected a pathway to pursue a vaccine.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:58:58 +0000 YESENIA AMARO AND TRACY WOOD - Reporting on Health Collaborative 5105 at http://kvpr.org Valley fever vaccine stalls after early promise Scientists took different routes to find valley fever vaccine http://kvpr.org/post/scientists-took-different-routes-find-valley-fever-vaccine <p></p><p>Five scientists were chosen by a committee affiliated with California State University, Bakersfield, in 1997 to pursue vaccine research.</p><p><strong>Dr. John Galgiani</strong>, 66, professor at the University of Arizona and director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence</p><ul><li>Developed a vaccine that has been tested in mice and monkeys.</li><li>Currently working to improve the vaccine to make it cheaper to make.</li><li>Also working on Nikkomycin Z, a possible valley fever cure.</li></ul><p></p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:00:05 +0000 YESENIA AMARO AND TRACY WOOD - Reporting on Health Collaborative 5106 at http://kvpr.org Scientists took different routes to find valley fever vaccine Fresno Needle Exchange Program Generates Controversy http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-needle-exchange-program-generates-controversy-0 <p>Volunteers are counting piles of used needles dumped out of plastic bags on a hot Saturday afternoon. People are lining up under a shade tent on a secluded north Fresno street to get rid of their dirty syringes. In return, they&#39;re getting an equal number of clean needles from the volunteers at the Fresno Needle Exchange Program.</p><p>The first person in line is a woman in her late forties who prefers to be called Tobi. She&#39;s a heroin user who&#39;s been coming to the exchange for 10 years. She&#39;s seen other drug users trading their old needles on the streets.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 02:08:48 +0000 Shellie Branco 711 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Needle Exchange Program Generates Controversy On Valley Edition: Needle Exchange Controversy; Education Gap http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-needle-exchange-controversy-education-gap <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about a controversial needle exchange program in Fresno, a new study that sheds light on the Valley&#39;s education gap, and what it has to do with the local jobless problem.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:27:17 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1199 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Needle Exchange Controversy; Education Gap